150 years of innovation

As Berkeley Engineering celebrates a century and a half of making our mark on history, we're highlighting people with the pioneering spirit, creative energy and social responsibility that characterize the college.

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Alice AgoginoAlice Agogino: Diversity by design

Berkeley Engineering 150Alice Agogino's wide-ranging interests and expertise are reflected in the many facets of her BEST lab: space robots, sustainable technology, design education, and fostering diversity and inclusion in engineering. Read more ...

Engineering innovators

New profiles added each week

  • Pete Bragg teaching

    Pete Bragg: Materials science pioneer

    Robert “Pete” Bragg Jr. was an expert in the structure and electronic properties of carbon materials, as well as an ardent supporter of diversity programs at Berkeley.

  • BRETT and Pieter Abbeel

    BRETT: Deep-learning robot

    BRETT the robot has learned to master a variety of tasks through trial and error, or what is known in artificial intelligence as "deep learning."

  • Nery Barrera

    Nery Barrera: Forest guardian

    Nery Barrera, a member of the civil and environmental engineering class of 2018 from Guatemala, knows firsthand the importance of environmental protection.

  • Archie Williams

    Archie Williams: Olympic champion and Air Force colonel

    After winning a gold medal in the 400-meter race at the 1936 Summer Olympics, Archie Williams became an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later a teacher.

  • Christine Ho

    Christine Ho: Printing batteries

    Christine Ho invented a new battery chemistry and a print-based manufacturing process to simultaneously fabricate and place microscopic batteries onto wireless sensors.

  • Robert Bea

    Robert Bea: Dr. Disaster

    Civil and environmental engineering professor emeritus Robert Bea, the Master of Disaster, has built a remarkable career studying failures – both engineering and human – in hopes we can learn from them.

  • Julia Morgan

    Julia Morgan: Iconic architect

    Julia Morgan, who graduated in 1894 with a degree in civil engineering, was an architectural pioneer and "a true California gem."

Montage of images from Berkeley Engineering history

Milestones of engineering

Want to learn more about where Berkeley Engineers have been, and what they've accomplished? Visit our timeline of college history.